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Santa Cruz County History - People
Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson
DIBBLE, PHILER K (1821-1890)
Civil War Soldier and Sailor System, U.S. National Park Service
Philer K. Dibble enlisted in the 9th Missouri S.M. Cav. Field & Staff as a Chaplain.
9TH REGIMENT, MISSOURI STATE MILITIA CAVALRY
Organized at large in Missouri February 12, 1862, to September 20, 1868. Attached to District of Rolla, Dept. of Missouri, to February, 1863. District of North Missouri, Dept. of Missouri, to July, 1865. During the war the 9th Missouri State Militia was primarily concerned with assisting in defending against the Confederate invasions of Price, defending the railroads and in operating against the activities of the Confederate Raiders Anderson, Quantrell's, Todd and Stevens. They were mustered out of service on July 13, 1865. During the war the regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 29 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 76 Enlisted men by disease. Total 108.
1882 Great Register, #829: Dibble, Philer Knapp 61 y. @ Aug. 19, 1882 bp Ohio occ. Clergyman res. Watsonville 2.
Santa Cruz Surf (March 28, 1890)
DIED: DIBBLE At Santa Rosa March 11, 1890 Philer K Dibble, a native of Ohio, aged 69 years, 7 months and 2 days.
Watsonville Pajaronian (March 27, 1890)
Elder P. K. Dibble, a former resident of Watsonville, died at Santa Rosa on the 11th inst. He came to Watsonville in 1880 to take the pastorate of the Christian church. He remained in that position for two years, was then elected Justice of the Peace, and filled out the term, and in 1885 moved to Santa Rosa. We append a sketch of his life and a neat tribute to his memory, which was published in the Santa Rosa Democrat: "Some time during Tuesday night, Elder Philer K. Dibble, for five years a resident of this city, died at his residence on Davis street. Although an invalid for the last two or three years, death was sudden and unexpected. He retired Tuesday night about the usual hour, without exhibiting any of the indications of approaching dissolution, and when found dead in his bed on the following morning the family was greatly shocked. Mrs. Dibble thinking not to disturb her husband, had been moving quietly about the house for some time before going to his room to see if he was in need of anything. On opening the door her eyes rested on the lifeless form of her husband, lying with his head toward the foot of the bed. The position of the body indicated that death had come upon him as he was trying to rise and call the family to his assistance. He had evidently been dead several hours. The deceased was born in New Lisbon, Ohio, July 6th, 1821, making his age at the time of his death 69 years, 7 months and 2 days. During the late Civil War he served in the army as chaplain, and soldiered to some extent and with proper distinction. After the struggle was over, he moved to Missouri, where he devoted several years to preaching and teaching, holding the positions of principal and president in several prominent educational institutions of that State. He came to this city many years ago and for two years acted as pastor of the Christian church. He was a man of no mean intellectual attainments and won the respect and esteem of all with whom he was brought in contact. For several years he was prominently identified with the Grand Army, being a member of Ellsworth Post in this city. He was also a member of the Masonic lodge and of the Knights Templar. The deceased leaves a wife and eight children to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father."
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